The biggest goal this week comes from the left foot of Matt Taylor from Portsmouth, in a 4: 1 victory in Sunderland.
Portsmouth were in their third Premier League season after Harry Redknapp managed to get the club to rise in its first season at the helm of the South Coast. Redknapp was no longer at the club after resigning in the middle of the previous campaign.
The former manager enraged Pompey’s fans by joining his deadliest rival Southampton in two weeks after leaving Fratton Park. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, Redknapp returned to Portsmouth six weeks after that game in Sunderland!
The 4-1 victory over Sunderland was an unexpected victory. This was only their second victory in their first eleven games of the Premier League season. The defeat by Portsmouth was the third in a row for Sunderland and they would lose the next six games.
Dean Whitehead gave Sunderland the lead in just eight minutes. However, Sunderland will capitulate in the second half and will retreat four times. The third goal was Matt Taylor’s screaming from 40 yards.
Zvonimir Vukic equalized for Pompeii before Matt Taylor gave the visitors the lead in the 59th minute. Eight minutes later, Taylor crossed the half line and the ball bounced in front of him after a teammate from the left wing.
The Portsmouth midfielder spotted Sunderland goalkeeper Calvin Davis outside his line and after allowing the ball to bounce twice in front of him, he crashed hard and hard towards Sunderland’s goal.
Taylor’s speculative blow fell under the crossbar and into the back of the net. The small number of Portsmouth fans were celebrating in the corner of the stadium, and Taylor ran in front of them to receive a standing ovation. He was joined by his teammates as Sunderland fans watched in surprise.
Portsmouth finished the season in position. Sunderland had a terrible season, winning just three games in the league and finishing at the bottom with just 15 points. Remains the lowest number of points earned by a team in a Premier League season /